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MicroRNAs May Be Key to Better Immunotherapy for Mesothelioma

Australian scientists say it may be possible to artificially reduce the levels of a protein that helps mesothelioma tumors hide from the immune system. The new research published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology could open the door to more effective immunotherapy treatments for pleural mesothelioma. The Importance of PD-L1 Expression A cell surface protein called PD-L1 is key to the effectiveness of several new … Continue reading MicroRNAs May Be Key to Better Immunotherapy for Mesothelioma »

Mesothelioma Risk Continues to Rise for Decades After Asbestos Exposure

Pleural Mesothelioma Incidence

A pair of Polish researchers have confirmed what a number of other studies have suggested – that the risk of contracting malignant mesothelioma continues to rise, even decades after a person’s last exposure to asbestos. The study was conducted by asbestos-exposure experts at the Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine and included a total of 131 patients with pleural mesothelioma. Another 655 people enrolled in a … Continue reading Mesothelioma Risk Continues to Rise for Decades After Asbestos Exposure »

Asbestos Sprayers Face Higher Lifetime Mesothelioma Risk

Workers whose job it was to apply spray-on asbestos insulation may be at even higher risk for lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma than other types of asbestos workers. A Finnish study of four different groups of asbestos workers found that asbestos sprayers had a standardized incidence ratio (SIR) for malignant mesothelioma as much as 100 times that of the general population. The Danger of Spray-On … Continue reading Asbestos Sprayers Face Higher Lifetime Mesothelioma Risk »

Mesothelioma Risk and the Timing of Asbestos Exposure

The timing of a person’s exposure to asbestos may play a bigger role in the development of malignant pleural mesothelioma than previously thought. A new French study has found that asbestos exposure earlier in a worker’s career appeared to raise their risk of developing pleural mesothelioma more than asbestos exposure later in their work life. Exposure Timing and Mesothelioma Risk The study evaluated the cases … Continue reading Mesothelioma Risk and the Timing of Asbestos Exposure »

Mesothelioma Risk in the Families of Asbestos-Exposed Workers

A new Italian study is a sobering reminder that living with someone who has worked around asbestos can have fatal consequences. Researchers examined the cases of 33 women and 2 men with malignant mesothelioma whose only known exposure to asbestos was through a family member – usually a husband or father – with a history of occupational asbestos exposure. Like asbestos-exposed workers, these family members were … Continue reading Mesothelioma Risk in the Families of Asbestos-Exposed Workers »

Doll Making Linked to Pleural Mesothelioma

People who worked in factories that produced cloth dolls may have to be added to the list of people at risk of developing deadly malignant pleural mesothelioma. A new Italian study is the second study to draw a link between cases of the lung-related asbestos cancer and doll manufacturing. Asbestos-Related Diseases and Dollmaking The new study utilized data from the Province of Brescia Mesothelioma Registry, … Continue reading Doll Making Linked to Pleural Mesothelioma »

Dental Technicians May Be at Increased Risk for Malignant Mesothelioma

A new study is highlighting a little known risk for people who have worked in the dental industry – the risk of developing malignant mesothelioma. The study conducted in Italy focuses on the cases of four dental laboratory technicians and one spouse of a technician who apparently developed pleural mesothelioma because of the asbestos used in the manufacturing of dental prostheses. The cases are a reminder … Continue reading Dental Technicians May Be at Increased Risk for Malignant Mesothelioma »

Maintenance Work Can Carry a High Mesothelioma Risk

A CDC report out this week on the incidence of malignant mesothelioma in the US suggests that people who renovate or do repairs and maintenance work on older asbestos-containing buildings may have the highest risk for mesothelioma in the coming years. The report, entitled “Malignant Mesothelioma Mortality – United States, 1999 – 2015” shows that mesothelioma diagnoses are still on the rise, despite regulations put … Continue reading Maintenance Work Can Carry a High Mesothelioma Risk »

Mesothelioma Risk in Older School Buildings

A new government report has some sobering news for teachers and students in England: Nearly 20 percent of schools may be failing to adequately protect them from asbestos, the primary cause of malignant pleural mesothelioma. The asbestos management report, issued by the Education Funding Agency, is based on data collected online from more than 5,500 schools in 2016. It offers a disturbing view of mesothelioma risk … Continue reading Mesothelioma Risk in Older School Buildings »

The Hidden Mesothelioma Risk for Dentists

Mesothelioma risk can sometimes be found in unexpected places. According to a newly-published article, dentists and others involved in casting prosthetics such as crowns and bridges prior to the 1970s may be at elevated risk for malignant pleural mesothelioma. Researchers from Queens College, City University of New York and Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine are reporting on six cases of malignant mesothelioma among dental professionals … Continue reading The Hidden Mesothelioma Risk for Dentists »

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